Dialogues on Race and Religion: Surviving Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Pursuing Nuclear Disarmament

Join us for a special talk with two survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as they discuss their stories and the importance of nuclear disarmament.

Toshiyuki Mimaki was born in Tokyo on March 15, 1942. In March, 1945, he moved to his father’s hometown, Hiroshima, with his family. His father was exposed to the atomic bomb while working as staff at the Hiroshima station on August 6. Toshiyuki entered the ground zero area, trying to find his father, where he too was exposed to radiation.

Masako Wada suffered from the bombing in Nagasaki at the age of 22 months. Though she was too young to remember what happened on that day, Masako heard stories from her mother about the suffering her family endured due to the atomic bomb.

Both are now officers of Nihon Hidankyo, a Japanese federation of nuclear bomb survivors, which has been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize. They are in New York to participate in a negotiation session of a new treaty the United Nations Disarmament Commission is trying to submit to the General Assembly.

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